Seychelles Week 7!

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Seven weeks already? It’s hard to believe that there is only a week left for us in the Seychelles when it seems like we just arrived. As the last month comes to an end we still find ourselves busy while we continue to organize the fundraising event for next week along with finishing up all of the surveys for the month.
This week we spent a lot of time on turtle walks, whether it be excavating nests that have already hatched or marking a new nest from the tracks left in the sand we kept busy! We visited Anse Badamier, one of the “best” beaches in the Seychelles, on Wednesday to excavate a few turtle nests, along with capturing some really good views!
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We also found ourselves some spare time to construct a raft similar to the one Tom Hanks makes in the movie Cast Away! Surprisingly it floated alright and it’s safe to say we were all proud of our creation.
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We also had the opportunity to see not only turtle hatchlings while on a long turtle walk, but some other Curieuse wildlife like hermit crabs, tortoises, and a praying mantis!
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Lastly yesterday we had the opportunity to head over to Praslin to assist a local organization called TRASS, in helping them build a greenhouse and clear space for a plant nursery to grow more native plants to plant across Praslin. They are a small group of locals who are trying to revegetate areas of the island that are bare due to forest fires. It was really cool to be able to help some of the local people along with getting filmed and making Seychelles National TV!
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With only one week left we look forward to the busy days to come along with our final experiences here in the Seychelles. It’ll be a bittersweet goodbye but all of the priceless memories and pictures we’ve gained will stay with us forever!
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Week One on Curieuse Island

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Though it seems like we left home a long time ago, only our first busy week in the Seychelles is coming to an end. From the minute we landed on Mahe exactly a week ago it’s been a nonstop learning experience. Not only learning the countless studies and surveys taking place on Curieuse, our Island, but just the day to day life on base and all of the changes we’ve learned to live with. When we landed in the Seychelles last week, after days of traveling, we met with the project’s staff before taking a ferry from Mahe to another Island,  Praslin. Once there we met with everyone on the project and took our final boat ride from Praslin to Curieuse. The base which we live on is an old leper colony from the 1800’s that was abanded and is now used by GVI for it’s research base.

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Our dorm!

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The first few days consisted of many presentations and training before Monday, our first survey day. All the meals are made from scratch and everyone on base takes turns cooking,  which surprisingly is pretty awesome food. Monday through Friday are work days in which the surveys can consist of bird watches, turtle walks, mangrove surveys, coco de mer census, and lemon shark surveys. In between those there can be other things done but that’s what is currently being studied on the island.

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After long days of hiking the island, collecting data, and snorkeling, we usually go to bed shortly after. The team on base this month, a total of 16 people, consists of people from all over the world, which makes for some pretty competitive volleyball games, usually USA vs Europe, and so far it’s all tied up..

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Now it’s the weekend and after taking the boat in to Praslin we enjoyed an exquisite breakfast buffet and now have the whole day to recouporate and most importantly, we have WiFi! You never really appreciate a flushing toilet until you spend some time on Curieuse! So far the first week has been full of lessons and adventures and we look forward to the next 7 weeks on Curieuse and all of the journeys ahead. And as always we will do our best to keep everyone updated on all of our trials and tribulations!

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